Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s future

The increased use of AI changes the job market. Some jobs disappear. New jobs are created. AI applies to more existing jobs

Putting artificial intelligence to work for Alberta’s futureAlberta’s job market is a powerhouse. We had the highest employment rate in the country last year with 66.7 per cent of our population age 15 and over working at a job. That’s five percentage points above the national average and 16 points higher than the lowest rate, which is found in Newfoundland and Labrador.…

Repair regional relations in Canada before it’s too late

If we want Canada to add up to more than the sum of its parts, we need to get our regional house in order

Repair regional relations in Canada before it’s too lateCanada is a big and diverse place. People, power, economic opportunities, public policy priorities, language and cultural nuances are not evenly spread from sea to sea to sea. It’s always been a struggle to make sure the various regions are working together, treated fairly and adequately represented at the national level. Lately, however, serious efforts…

Regional divisions will continue to deepen without real Senate reform

What O’Leary and Trudeau seem incapable of understanding is that the Senate plays a role vital to the success of our country

Regional divisions will continue to deepen without real Senate reformJust when you thought the state of the debate about reforming Canada’s Senate couldn’t get any sadder, federal Conservative Party leadership hopeful Kevin O’Leary has floated the idea of selling Senate seats. Serious or not, O’Leary’s proposal is in keeping with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vision of the Senate as little more than a blue-ribbon…

It’s time to rally behind Canada’s oil and gas sector

When a sector that employs thousands and keeps our country prosperous suffers, you don’t shrug your shoulders and do nothing

Was Ontario’s auto sector in worse shape during the global financial meltdown of 2009 than Alberta’s energy patch was during the global oil glut of 2015? An internal federal government memo recently uncovered by the Canadian Press suggests it was. But which sector faced more pain (keeping in mind the price slump continues to cripple Canada’s…

Are environmentalists fighting climate change or capitalism?

The goal of environmental activists is to dismantle capitalism and replace it with a green version of Marxism

Are environmentalists fighting climate change or capitalism?With the latest UN conference on climate change behind us, it is worth remembering that there are two broad approaches to addressing environmental challenges. The first is the one most Canadians probably subscribe to: environmental problems can be overcome within a free-market system that combines effective government regulation, good information and moral suasion in keeping with…

Debating the role of government in Alberta

Albertans need to ask themselves what kind of society they want and how government can, and can’t, help them achieve it

Debating the role of government in AlbertaIt’s no secret that, barring a sooner-than-expected and sustained upswing in oil prices, Alberta’s provincial government won’t have enough revenue to cover its expenditures next year. The shortfall could be as much as $7 billion. Does this mean that we have a revenue problem or a spending problem? This is not a question with an…